Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has pushed back a major fast neutron reactor building program, dubbed the “breakthrough” program, over the country’s dire economic straights, Russia media reported. The $1.8 billion project, called “proryv” in Russian, and seeks to built a BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast reactor to spearhead the country’s advance on a closed nuclear cycle, is one of the most expensive Rosatom has undertaken. It’s no surprise, said Alexander Nikitin, chairman of the Environmental Rights Center Bellona, that the expansive program is floundering in Moscow’s financial downturn. Originally scheduled to begin construction in 2020, the reactor project has been postponed to an unspecified date, the Russian business daily Kommersant reported.
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